The Class of 2018 just got off to an elite start for Notre Dame.
On Monday evening top sophomore quarterback Phil Jurkovec, a 6-foot-5, 190-pounder from Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia. Pa., committed to the Irish. He’s Brian Kelly’s first get in the ’18 haul and figures to be the face of that group moving forward, even at this early stage.
Jurkovec chose Notre Dame over offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State, Tennessee, UCLA and several others. In the end, the Irish beat out Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes for this top quarterback.
He confirmed the commitment to Irish Illustrated via text.
Jurkovec is another commitment from Western Pennsylvania for Notre Dame, following ’17 commitments from linebacker David Adams, defensive lineman Kurt Hinish and offensive lineman Josh Lugg. Those three are all products of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League.
As a sophomore, Jurkovec threw for 2,560 yards and 20 touchdowns to just four interceptions. He also rushed for 1,250 yards and 11 scores. He passed the 100-yard rushing mark in 11 of 12 games.
Earlier this month, Jurkovec attended The Opening Regional in Columbus and was among the top dual threat quarterbacks at the camp. While he didn’t win the QB MVP award, he was one of the most accurate passers in the group and demonstrated the ability to connect on even the deepest routes.
Jurkovec’s strengths won’t always show up in a camp setting as he has the ability to throw on the run and to extend plays with his legs.
Look for more on Jurkovec’s commitment in the coming days on Irish Illustrated.